1970 Mustang Lowering…

Actually this post should be called “raising”. It turns out with my weight and a full tank of gas, sub woofer system in the trunk the car rubs when hitting a hard bump. I also had a hard time going over full length speed bumps. The ones with a break in the middle I could split and go over without rubbing. I even had a hard time getting on the driveway.

All the rubbing and bottoming out is the reason I decided to lift it up a few inches. I still need to confirm the stock leaf spring count. It seems like there should be one more spring stacked under there.

The previous owner used lowering blocks to drop the car. The original drop was 3″ and it had a nice stance to it but again that was the gas tank not filled up, sub systems and me in it.

After all the trial and error removing the blocks and replacing with another, I ended up changing out the blocks three time until I was happy with the results. Not an easy thing to do since the whole process takes a fair amount of time.

1970 Mustang Coupe…

Well , no more Josie! I thought I would be keeping the 1963 Thunderbird but as it turns out an opportunity to trade for a super clean 1970 Mustang Coupe that had a ton of work done already was too good of a deal to pass.

The previous owner went for the Boss 302 theme. It’s not a Boss original but it does have a look that is unique to itself. The body paint is a textured satin black with all the trims and badges shaved off. The wheel setup has Boss 20″ rears and 18″ wheels up front. The power train is a 302 with an aftermarket cam, headers and 4 barrel. The transmission is the factory C4 rebuilt. It has a 8″ rear end with a full time locker and mini spool setup.

1970 El Camino mystery thunk…

I’ve noticed a “thunk” sound when changing direction front to reverse or visa versa. It doesn’t matter what the starting drive is.

This will happen when the wheels are turned all the way into one direction. I need to investigate.

This is a place holder posting.

1970 El Camino Seat Issue…

I removed the driver seat again this time removing the seat cover. That itself was not an easy task especially if you’ve never done it before. The broken edges were in the direction of pressing against the leather seat cover risking the chance of cutting through. It took awhile but I was able to get the seat cover past the edged area.

You can see by bending the metal back to the original position it doesn’t look as bad. I’m going to have the seat frame welded later on today.

1970 El Camino seat lean…

Since owning the Elco the driver side seat has always leaned back further then the passengers. Really didn’t bother me much until wifey sat on it and is sitting way ahead of me and it blocks part of my view to the right window.

I checked out the usual possibilities and it turns out it is a cracked frame. I just went through this with my 2000 Chevy 3500 dually.

I ordered a hog ring plier and a bunch of hog rings. I plan on removing the driver seat cover and determine what type of work will be needed for seat repair.

1970 El Camino Windshield Fluid Reservoir…

Thought about cleaning up the original wiper fluid reservoir. Nah, I could get a reproduction that is a drop in fit and did.

I even replaced the cap. One thing I noticed the hose was so old and a different diameter then the cap setup I have now. I’ll have to replace if I ever decide to get it all working again.

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